Personal assistants and others responsible for nutrition or planning and preparing meals for adults with I/DD should read the 1. Provide information, knowledgeable encouragement, and positive social/instrumental support (assist in grocery shopping, cooking, etc.) to help individuals make good food choices. Support participation in activities that encourage healthy eating and physical activity.
A person with Prader-Willi Syndrome may need high quality, nutrient-dense foods, dietary supplements, and fewer calories in order to balance calories consumed with calories burned.
Individuals with dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, also may have difficulty eating enough of the right foods to stay healthy or maintain an ideal weight.
Poor diet is related to obesity and illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension.
Individuals with primary disabilities often experience “secondary conditions” – additional physical and psychological problems that limit a person’s enjoyment of life and participation in activities.
Individuals with dysphagia may also be unable to cough or clear their throats to remove food or liquid that accidentally enters their windpipes.
If food or liquid enters the lungs, harmful bacteria may grow and cause aspiration pneumonia.There are three levels of standards necessary to achieve quality food and nutrition supports.Your role is to help implement the standards at each level, so that each individual: .The number and size of servings are adjusted for an individual’s age, sex, and activity level.Emphasis is on food safety and daily consumption of a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.: Some individuals need a special diet in order to be adequately nourished.Port Arthur suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Rita.